Meghan Markle is already pregnant one month after the royal wedding, according to a wrong story from the tabloids. The report falsely claims she and Prince Harry are expecting their first child. Gossip Cop can debunk it.
â€śMeghan & Harry: Sheâ€™s Pregnant,â€ť exclaims the cover of OK! Australia, which also issues a â€śbump alert.â€ť The photos used to sell this narrative are from the coupleâ€™s appearance last weekend at the nuptials of Princess Dianaâ€™s niece. A number of reputable outlets reported on Markleâ€™s floral maxi dress, and that she nearly tumbled in it. But no credible publication used the snapshots to claim she has a baby bump.
But the tabloid maintains Markle is â€śsaid to be already expecting their first bundle of joy.â€ť A so-called â€śroyal insiderâ€ť is quoted as saying, â€śThey knew that they should wait until getting married to try to conceive, but they just couldnâ€™t help themselves and they were totally successful.â€ť Continues the magazineâ€™s supposed source, â€śItâ€™s early days and Meghan isnâ€™t telling anyone because she and Harry hope to hide the pregnancy for as long as they can and confuse people about the date. They are worried about a royal scolding because for sure their bundle of joy was created when they were only engaged.â€ť
This begs at least two questions: If Markle â€śisnâ€™t telling anyoneâ€ť about the purported pregnancy, how did this â€śroyal insiderâ€ť find out, and why did he or she see fit to leak the private information to the gossip media? What good is trying to â€śconfuse people about the dateâ€ť by delaying an announcement when Markleâ€™s eventual birth date would essentially allow anyone to figure out the conception time frame?
The outlet tries to substantiate its pregnancy claims by quoting from Markleâ€™s fatherâ€™s recent interview in which he spoke about her having children. â€śThereâ€™s got to be a child in the making, somewhere soon,â€ť he said. But the publication conveniently leaves out his very next sentence: â€śI donâ€™t think there is a stork in the air yet.â€ť
Perhaps most significantly, the Duke and Duchessâ€™ fall trip to Australia has been expanded to include Fiji and Tonga, which has prompted concern about Markle contracting the Zika virus. The CDCâ€™s world map shows both Fiji and Tonga are locations with a Zika risk, and warns that â€śwomen who are pregnant should not travelâ€ť there. If Markle was really pregnant as claimed, she wouldnâ€™t be going to those locales.
To recap, OK! is using recent photos of Markle to contend she has a â€śbump,â€ť but no reliable publications have argued the same. The tabloid purports to have a â€śroyal insiderâ€ť leaking that she is pregnant, yet this anonymous source also says she â€śisnâ€™t telling anyone.â€ť The magazine misleads readers by cherry-picking part of her fatherâ€™s comments, and completely ignores the upcoming royal trip to areas that pose health risks for pregnant women. It is apparent from this shoddy story and outside evidence that Markle is not actually expecting at this time, despite what the outlet wants readers to believe.